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Bowers swings Maugansville into championship round

July 09, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- Left fielder Allen Bowers definitely was in the swing of things Thursday night for Maugansville Senior League.

Bowers had three hits, including a pair of home runs, and four RBIs as he helped Maugansville defeat Clear Spring 9-5 in the losers' bracket final of the Maryland District 1 Senior League Tournament.

"I was working on my swing," Bowers said. "I am starting to come around with my bat. I finally got out of my slump. We just swung the bats today. We came to win. We got the hits and scored enough runs to win. If we get practicing with our hitting and start coming around more, I think that we have a chance to win the tournament."

Clear Spring (2-2) was eliminated from the tournament.

Maugansville (2-1) now advances to the championship round of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. at Conococheague (3-0). If Conococheague wins, it will clinch the title. If Maugansville wins, then one more game will be played on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Maugansville to determine the champion.

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Tyler Nedimyer slugged a solo homer as he finished with three runs scored, two RBIs and two hits for Maugansville.

Maugansville starting pitcher Jeff Barnes got the win as he gave up only one earned run in 4 1/3 innings.

"We all hit the ball real well," Maugansville manager Greg Long said. "I was pleased for that to happen. I wasn't surprised about Allen Bowers' power. He is always there waiting for his pitch to hit. Jeff Barnes has pitched well all season and he threw another good game tonight. Then, the relievers came in and did well."

Kyle Franks collected three hits, while Zach Jordan added two hits for Clear Spring.

"We lost the first game to Conococheague and then we went all the way through the losers' bracket," Clear Spring manager Rodney Jordan said. "We knew that Maugansville was going to be tough. It was a good hard-fought game. We just didn't hit the ball like we did in the previous couple of games. It was the end of a good season."

Maugansville took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on solo homers by Nedimyer and Bowers and an RBI single by Mike Churchey.

Clear Spring got a run in the bottom of the first on doubles by Alan Rager and Jordan.

Maugansville added a run in the top of the second on an RBI single by Nedimyer and a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Nathan Murray.

Clear Spring cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Brad Webb and a squeeze bunt by Ronnie Maners.

Maugansville pulled away with four runs in the top of the sixth to increase its advantage to 9-3 on an error and a three-run homer to center by Bowers.

Clear Spring got its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth on an error and an RBI single by Franks.

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